Academy award winners Alan Lee and Dan Hennah, formerly of the 3 Foot 6 Art Department, were both invaluably helpful, sharing with us the actual plans for the Bag End set from The Lord of the Rings and advising us where we had the opportunity to extrapolate beyond the available reference to ensure absolute authenticity. Both were very excited by the prospect of seeing their work recreated in miniature, especially those areas that we never visited in the movie.
The plans and photographs of the sets have been invaluable reference for the Weta miniatures team who have been building the tiny environment under David Tremont's supervision. We look forward to sharing some images of their work very, very soon.
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By now most folks should know that we have Bag End miniature environment collectible in the works. While we can't show you the actual prototypes just yet, we do have some more details we can share that we hope will whet your appetites for new Middle-earth polystone awesomeness.
You may have heard that we're doing two versions - a limited edition and an open edition variant - but until now the differences between these two versions have been open to speculation. I am very pleased to be able to let everyone in on exactly what those differences will be...
The two versions of Bag End miniature environment will be distinguished by the inclusion of an interior in the limited edition collectible. The back of the miniature features a cutaway section, permitting the viewer to peer into the rooms of Bilbo's home. Though not the entirety of his dwelling, the cutaway section does reveal many of the significant rooms that fans of the films will recall seeing in The Fellowship of the Ring. It was necessary to omit the main hallway in order to gain vantage into the front rooms.
Fans have waited a decade for the ultimate bag End so we wanted to be sure we didn't disappoint. Sharp eyes studying the concept art (and eventually the finished miniature) will recognize the entrance hall with its beautiful circular front door. The doorway will be half-ajar in the finished limited edition version of the collectible, so the viewer can peek into this room from the front of the miniature as well.
Next to it is the parlor in which Bilbo received Gandalf when he visited, and the kitchen where they sat to drink tea. Bilbo's writing desk and study, where we saw him writing his notes concerning Hobbits in the Extended Edition, will also be able to be made out, with all its clutter and stacks of books. It has also been a delight for us to be able to include two rooms that we never saw in the trilogy, namely the dining room and Frodo's bedroom.